June Taylor Design
June Taylor Design

Ukiyo-e

At the moment, I have a branding project that I am working on. I am trying to incorporate a sense of calm into my logo design, as the company is called “Travel Bliss”. Originally, I was inspired by ribbon movements – delicate and beautiful. Now, I am trying to bring in the ocean with colour and texture. My lecturer told me to look up Ukiyo-e for inspiration on how to achieve this style.

Ukiyo-e is a Japanese art genre that grew from the 17th century to the 19th. Artists created woodblock prints and paintings of stories from the past, sumo wrestlers, beautiful females, landscapes and more.

Here are some of my favourite pieces from this genre:

Kawase Hasui: Shiba Benten Pond

 

Utagawa Hiroshige: Clear Weather after Snow at Nihombashi Bridge

 

Katsushika Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa

I have seen the Great Wave piece many times before, but I did not know the history behind it.

The designs that I am inspired by all use fine flicks of ink to create delicate, intricate paintings of birds. This small hand movement is what I am trying to achieve to create a sense of peacefulness and elegance within my logo design.

Takahashi: Biho (Bird On Branch)

 

Seiko: Blue Bird (Artelino)

I am obsessed with this art style now. I think each painting is beautiful and delicate. It is the type of art I would love to have all over my house.

All images are taken from Google.

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